When scrolling through Facebook this week, I noticed a handful of 2013-in-review infographics and links, and I was pretty taken aback that it’s already that time of year to reflect and review on the year that was. Granted, I have a little bit going on in life right now, but I don’t think I’m alone in feeling like I am meeting this holiday season unprepared. But instead of spinning here thinking about the few weeks that separate me from Christmas and the arrival of our baby, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the year that is coming to a close.
At the beginning of 2013, David and I had been back in Richmond for over 6 months and were pretty comfortable in our groove. Work was going well for us both, we had managed a few fun weekend trips, and we were both leading pretty healthy lifestyles. When I sat down to think about my 2013 goals, getting pregnant was the number one thing I wanted to happen this year, and I was feeling a little frustrated that it was taking so long. But being obsessive over something I only have so much control over isn’t healthy, so I thought about other goals or challenges I wanted to achieve and came up with a list of 6 goals in addition to getting pregnant. You already know I spent most of 2013 knocked up, and not coincidentally, that affected how well I did in the other 6 areas!
1) Read / Write More
I technically reached the goal of reading a book a month on average, but a few of those were accomplished on holiday, and most of my reading this year alternated between fluff and baby-preparations. I didn’t set out to write more this year than last, but I am disappointed I can’t seem to find inspiration to blog more than once a week. I’ve never been too consumed with reader stats, and it means a lot to me that friends and family stop by on occasion to read my ramblings. I suppose I just wish I was contributing more to the space than what I’ve done since opening this blog in September 2012. My gut tells me I have to just jump in and be willing to try new things on the blog, but my most authentic writing seems to be structured reflections. And that’s not something I can just churn out.
This is definitely the fail of the list. I can’t even blame the pregnancy for my inattention here because being pregnant and limited in my cardiovascular routine should have given me all the more reason to work on strength training. But, that didn’t happen. I even bought Tracy Anderson’s pregnancy DVDs but after just one session realized that she’s a bit wacko and that I didn’t have the drive to stick with it. I’m really dreading the harsh realization next month that I have zero muscle mass left.
3) Run a Personal Best in a Race
While I don’t generally sign up for a ton of races, I am a bit surprised I only ran in 1 organized race this year – a 5K breast cancer run in May. I actually think I might have earned a PR, but I didn’t do a chip time, so I’m not sure this counts. I’m still proud that I ran a few times a week throughout the first two trimesters of this pregnancy, and I’m hoping that helps me bounce back into the game in 2014. I think it’s fair to let me defer this goal to next year, right?
4) Take a Class
Do childbirth classes count because we’ve been to our fair share of those this year.
I also can count this one as a win with our attendance at a Masters of Desserts class at Sur La Table. I haven’t attempted any of these desserts at home yet, but I definitely crushed them that day (eating them, that is).
5) Travel Abroad
I knew I had this one in the bag since I expected to travel back to London in early summer for work, and David and I thought we’d likely tack on to the trip with a holiday somewhere abroad (see item #6). I was disappointed I couldn’t make it to our company kickoff in Morocco in October, but I’m still glad my feet touched international soil this year. I can’t say I know when that will happen next.
6) Take a Real Vacation
Between our trip to Italy, visits to friends in Chicago and Boston, and a few mini-baby-moons, I’m pleased with how well we did here. Again, not sure when we’ll be as footloose and fancy free again. (Please don’t say never.)
Baking this baby was obviously the most important and primary focus this year (as I anticipate raising a baby will next year), so even though I didn’t fully accomplish everything I planned, I’m pretty pleased that nothing completely dropped off the list!
Now, do I even dare make goals for 2014 that don’t include sleep through the night?